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Reds and Braves Open 2022 Season on ESPN2 Thursday

Cincinnati Reds vs. Atlanta Braves Betting Information

In a different era, the Cincinnati Reds were one of the most important franchises in baseball.  In fact, the Reds were so big that they hosted the first Major League Baseball game of the season each year for decades.  Cincinnati’s Big Red Machine of the 1970s was one of the greatest teams in MLB history.  Now, the Reds are just another struggling mid-market team.  Everything about the Reds is reeks of mediocrity.  Consider their win percentages of .517 in 2020 and .512 in 2021 with the MLB betting odds.    Cincinnati opens the season in Atlanta on Thursday.

Cincinnati Reds vs. Atlanta Braves Betting Information

Date: Thursday, April 7, 2022
Time: 8:00 pm ET
Location: Truist Park, Cumberland, Georgia
TV Coverage: ESPN2

Reds vs. Braves Betting Odds

Reds +1½ ( -115 ) 8½ ( -110 ) +175
Braves -1½ ( -105 ) 8½ ( -110 ) -185
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Cincinnati Reds at Atlanta Braves CashBet Wagering Analysis  

On this occasion, there will be massive Bitcoin sportsbook support for the Braves.  Atlanta was a perennial contender before their World Series championship.  Now that title enhances what was already an appealing brand.  By contrast, the Reds have little to offer the masses.  Since 2013, Cincinnati has not made the playoffs in a full regular season.  The Reds have not done enough in the offseason to change the public perception of them being mediocre.

Reds Try to Crank Up Machine for 2022

Last year the Reds ranked 9th for run production, 5th for OPS, and 6th for home runs.  Offsetting that was a pitching staff ranked 20th for earned run average.  Although Cincinnati ranked 5th for quality starts, the Reds bullpen ranked 27th in MLB.

Manager David Bell was a journeyman MLB player that has been Reds manager since 2019.  He is a native of Cincinnati.  He did produce a playoff season in the pandemic year of 2020.  Due to a brief schedule, extra teams were allowed in.

First on the Reds payroll is Joey Votto, age 38, a Reds mainstay since 2017.  Votto is a 6-time All-Star and 2010 National League Most Valuable Player.  However, Votto is not the Betting on baseball asset that he used to be.  He is near the end of a great career.

Cincinnati is scheduled to start right-hander Tyler Mahle.  Last season was a breakout campaign for Mahle.  His record was 13-6 with a 3.75 earned run average and a WHIP of 1.23.  Mahle struck out 210 batters in 180 innings of work.

Third baseman Mike Moustakas is coming off a dreadful 2021 campaign.  To show, Moustakas hit .208 with a lackluster slugging percentage of .372.  Moustakas has suffered a sharp decline in production for the past few years.

Brave New World for Atlanta

For the first time in 26 seasons, the Atlanta Braves won the World Series.  Since 1991 the Braves have missed the playoffs only nine times.  But Atlanta developed a well-deserved reputation for melting in the playoffs.  Now that label is in the closet, at least for a while.

At the onset of 2022, Atlanta is favored to repeat as National League East Division champions for the fifth consecutive season.  This year the Braves will again field one of the best teams in baseball.

Since 2016, manager Brian Snitker has been in that role with the Braves.  Snitker was the 2018 National League Manager of the Year.  He has produced four consecutive MLB betting lines playoff seasons in Atlanta.

Atlanta’s probable starter for this baseball betting matchup is left-hander Max Fried.  Last season Fried was 14-7 with a 3.04 earned run average and WHIP of 1.09.  Fried struck out 158 batters in 165.2 innings of work.

Kenley Jansen is the new Braves closer after serving in that role with the Dodgers.  Accordingly, Jansen is coming off a strong comeback season that bodes well for the future.  Also, long-time Oakland A’s first baseball Matt Olson takes over that role for the Braves.

Cincinnati Reds at Atlanta Braves CashBet Free Pick  

In this situation, the Braves will be priced far above fair market value.  Thus, Cincinnati will offer enhanced MLB gambling value.

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